Professor Andrew Short

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Research interests

Andrew Short is interested in the processes and morphology of coastal systems. Present research focuses on the beach and barrier systems of Australia, both in terms of the morphodynamics of representative systems in variable wave and tide environments, and in the nature, hazards and usage of all Australia beach systems. He is the Director of the Coastal Studies Unit, and since 1991 has been National Co-ordinator of the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program in co-operation with Surf Life Saving Australia.

Selected grants

2006

  • Port Stephens Flood Tide Delta: Shoreline Management Issues; Welsh-Bowtell A, Horan B, Bortfeld D, Smith G, Savioli J, Linnane J, Ranasinghe R, Short A, Hughes M, Ranasinghe R, Jeng D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2004

  • Large-Scale Climatic Control Of Coastal Erosion And Shoreline Changes Based On Long-Term Survey Dataset And Video Monitoring Technology; Short A, Turner I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2000

  • Rip current dynamics - social and shoreline implications and management; Short A, Cowell P, Symonds G, McLeod K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).

1998

  • SPIRT 1999: Rip current dynamics - social & shoreline implications & management C39906787 - Surf Life Saving Association - SLSA has a licence; Coutts-Smith A, Short A.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Short, A., Farmer, B. (2012). 101 Best Australian Beaches. Sydney, Australia: NewSouth Publishing.
  • Short, A. (2007). Beaches of the New South Wales coast : a guide to their nature, characteristics, surf and safety. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A. (2006). Beaches of the Northern Australian Coasts: The Kimberley, Northern Teritory and Cape York. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A. (2006). Beaches of the Tasmanian Coast and Islands. Sydney, Aus: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A. (2005). Beaches of the Western Australian Coast: Eucla to Roebuck Bay. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A. (2001). Beaches of the South Australian Coast and Kangaroo Island. Australia: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Short, A., Jackson, D. (2013). Beach Morphodynamics. In L Allan James, Carol Harden, John J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology: Coastal Geomorphology, (pp. 106-129). London: Academic Press Elsevier.
  • McBride, R., Anderson, J., Buynevich, I., Cleary, W., Fenster, M., FitzGerald, D., Harris, M., Hein, C., Klein, A., Liu, B., Short, A., et al (2013). Morphodynamics of Barrier Systems: A Synthesis. In L Allan James, Carol Harden, John J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology: Coastal Geomorphology, (pp. 166-244). London: Academic Press Elsevier.
  • Short, A. (2006). Beach hazards and risk assessment of beaches. In Joost J. L. M.Bierens (Eds.), Handbook on Drowning - Prevention, Rescue, Treatment, (pp. 151-156). Berlin: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2005). Carbonate Beaches. In Schwartz, ML (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, (pp. 218-221). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2005). Sandy Coasts. In Schwartz, ML (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, (pp. 821-825). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2005). Wave Environments. In Schwartz, ML (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2005). Wind, waves and beaches. In Stewart, C and Hewitt R (Eds.), Waves of the Future: The lectures series of the 33rd Professor Harry Messel International Science School, (pp. 157-169). Sydney: Science Foundation for Physics.
  • Short, A. (2001). Physical Processes Affecting Beaches. In JH Steele, SA Thorpe, KK Turekian (Eds.), Enclyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, (pp. 245-256). London, UK: Academic Press Elsevier.

Journals

  • Pereira, L., Vila Concejo, A., Short, A. (2014). Influence of subtidal sand banks on tidal modulation of waves and beach morphology in Amazon macrotidal beaches. Journal of Coastal Research, 65, 1821-1826.
  • McLachlan, A., Defeo, O., Jaramillo, E., Short, A. (2013). Sandy beach conservation and recreation: Guidelines for optimising management strategies for multi-purpose use. Ocean and Coastal Management, 71, 256-268. [More Information]
  • Karunarathna, H., Horrillo-Caraballo, J., Ranasinghe, R., Short, A., Reeve, D. (2012). An analysis of the cross-shore beach morphodynamics of a sandy and a composite gravel beach. Marine Geology, 299-302, 33-42. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2012). Beach Morphodynamics in Australia 1970s-2010. Geographical Research, 50(2), 141-153. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2012). Coastal Processes and Beaches. Nature Education Knowledge, 3(10), 1-18.
  • Short, A., Farmer, B. (2012). Surfing reserves – Recognition for the world’s surfing breaks. Reef Journal, 2, 1-14.
  • Harley, M., Turner, I., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2011). A reevaluation of coastal embayment rotation: The dominance of cross-shore versus alongshore sediment transport processes, Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach, southeast Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(4), F04033-pp16. [More Information]
  • Harley, M., Turner, I., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2011). Assessment and integration of conventional, RTK-GPS and image-derived beach survey methods for daily to decadal coastal monitoring. Coastal Engineering, 58(2), 194-205.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Austin, T., Harris, D., Hughes, M., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2011). Estuarine beach evolution in relation to a flood-tide delta. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 190-194.
  • Pereira, L., Vila-Concejo, A., Trindade, W., Short, A. (2011). Influence of high-energy conditions on beach changes in tide-dominated (Amazon, Brazil) and wave-dominated (NSW, Australia) coastal environments. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 115-119.
  • Short, A. (2011). Kimberley beach and barrier systems: An overview. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 94, 121-132.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Hughes, M., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2010). Estuarine shoreline processes in a dynamic low-energy system. Ocean Dynamics: theoretical, computational oceanography and monitoring, 60(2), 285-298. [More Information]
  • Harley, M., Turner, I., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2010). Interannual variability and controls of the Sydney wave climate. International Journal of Climatology, 30(9), 1322-1335. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2010). Role of geological inheritance in Australian beach morphodynamics. Coastal Engineering, 57(2), 92-97. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2010). Sediment Transport around Australia-Sources, Mechanisms, Rates, and Barrier Forms. Journal of Coastal Research, 26(3), 395-402. [More Information]
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A., Hughes, M., Ranasinghe, R. (2009). Formation and evolution of a sandwave on an estuarine beach. Journal of Coastal Research, SI56, 153-157.
  • Austin, T., Short, A., Hughes, M., Vila-Concejo, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2009). Tidal Hydrodynamics of a Micro-tidal, Wave Dominated Flood-tide Delta: Port Stephens, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 693-697.
  • Callaghan, D., Nielsen, P., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2008). Statistical simulation of wave climate and extreme beach erosion. Coastal Engineering, 55(5), 375-390. [More Information]
  • Almar, R., Coco, G., Bryan, K., Huntley, D., Short, A., Senechal, N. (2008). Video observations of beach cusp morphodynamics. Marine Geology, 254(3-4), 216-223. [More Information]
  • Farmer, B., Short, A. (2007). Australian National Surfing Reserves – rationale and process for recognising iconic surfing locations. Journal of Coastal Research, (SI 50), 99-103.
  • Short, A. (2007). Australian Rip Systems -Friend or Foe? Journal of Coastal Research, (Special Issue 50), 7-11.
  • Scott, T., Russell, P., Masselink, G., Wooler, A., Short, A. (2007). Beach Rescue Statistics and their Relation to Nearshore Morphology and Hazards: A Case Study for Southwest England. Journal of Coastal Research, (SI 50), 1-6.
  • Lewis, D., Cooper, J., Pilkey, O., Short, A. (2007). Fetch-Limited Barrier Islands of Spencer Gulf, South Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, (SI 50), 912-916.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A., Hughes, M., Ranasinghe, R. (2007). Flood-tide delta morphodynamics and management implications, Port Stephens, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, SI50, 705-709.
  • Figueiredo, S., Cowell, P., Short, A. (2007). Intermittent backbeach discharge to the surfzone: modes and geomorphologic implications. Journal of Coastal Research, (50), 610-614.
  • Figueiredo, S., Cowell, P., Short, A. (2007). Intermittent discharge of backbarrier water to the surfzone: modes and geomorphologic implications. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 50, 610-614.
  • Short, A. (2006). Australian beach systems - Nature and distribution. Journal of Coastal Research, 22(1), 11-27.
  • Thom, B., Short, A. (2006). Australian Coastal Geomorphology, 1984-2004. Journal of Coastal Research, 22(1), 1-10.
  • Short, A., Trembanis, A. (2004). Decadal Scale Patterns In Beach Oscillation And Rotation Narrabeen Beach, Australia - Time Series, Pca And Wavelet Analysis. Journal of Coastal Research, 20(2), 523-532.
  • Huang, H., Short, A., Zeng, T., Hanslow, D. (2004). Impact Of Brunswick River Mouth Training Walls On Adjacent Beaches, Brunswick Heads, New South Wales, Australia. China Ocean Engineering, 18(2), 207-220.
  • Ranasinghe, R., McLoughlin, R., Short, A., Symonds, G. (2004). The Southern Oscillation Index, Wave Climate, And Beach Rotation. Marine Geology, 204(3-4), 273-287.
  • NIELSEN, A., Adamantidis, C., Short, A., Rollason, V. (2003). A numerical simulation of wave-generated surf zone currents. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, 1(1), 1-7.
  • Short, A. (2003). Australian beach systems - the morphodynamics of wave through tide-dominated beach-dune systems. Journal of Coastal Research, 19(Special Issue 35), 7-20.
  • Short, A., Brander, R. (2001). Flow kinetics of Low-energy Rip Current Systems. Journal of Coastal Research, 17, 468-481.
  • Cowell, P., Short, A., Brander, R. (2001). Morphometric Approaches to Describing Rip Current Behaviour. Journal of Coastal Research, 34, 128-137.

Conferences

  • Pereira, L., Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A. (2013). Influence of subtidal sand banks on tidal modulation of waves and beach morphology in macrotidal beaches. International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth University: Plymouth University.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Hughes, M., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2008). Estuarine shoreline processes: a dynamic low energy system. PECS 2008: Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas, LIVERPOOL England UK: PECS2008.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A., Hughes, M., Ranasinghe, R. (2007). Shoreline Implications of Flood-tide Delta morphodynamics. The case of Port Stephens(SE Australia). Coastal Sediments'07, Reston, VA, United States: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Short, A., Harley, B., Turner, I., Ranasinghe, R. (2005). Comparison of image-derived, RTK-GPS and conventional beach survey methods. Australian Coast and Port Engineering Conference, Barton, ACT: Institution of Engineers Australia.

Other

  • Short, A. (2013), Australia's temperate carbonate coast: sources, depositional environments and implications.

2014

  • Pereira, L., Vila Concejo, A., Short, A. (2014). Influence of subtidal sand banks on tidal modulation of waves and beach morphology in Amazon macrotidal beaches. Journal of Coastal Research, 65, 1821-1826.

2013

  • Short, A. (2013), Australia's temperate carbonate coast: sources, depositional environments and implications.
  • Short, A., Jackson, D. (2013). Beach Morphodynamics. In L Allan James, Carol Harden, John J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology: Coastal Geomorphology, (pp. 106-129). London: Academic Press Elsevier.
  • Pereira, L., Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A. (2013). Influence of subtidal sand banks on tidal modulation of waves and beach morphology in macrotidal beaches. International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth University: Plymouth University.
  • McBride, R., Anderson, J., Buynevich, I., Cleary, W., Fenster, M., FitzGerald, D., Harris, M., Hein, C., Klein, A., Liu, B., Short, A., et al (2013). Morphodynamics of Barrier Systems: A Synthesis. In L Allan James, Carol Harden, John J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology: Coastal Geomorphology, (pp. 166-244). London: Academic Press Elsevier.
  • McLachlan, A., Defeo, O., Jaramillo, E., Short, A. (2013). Sandy beach conservation and recreation: Guidelines for optimising management strategies for multi-purpose use. Ocean and Coastal Management, 71, 256-268. [More Information]

2012

  • Short, A., Farmer, B. (2012). 101 Best Australian Beaches. Sydney, Australia: NewSouth Publishing.
  • Karunarathna, H., Horrillo-Caraballo, J., Ranasinghe, R., Short, A., Reeve, D. (2012). An analysis of the cross-shore beach morphodynamics of a sandy and a composite gravel beach. Marine Geology, 299-302, 33-42. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2012). Beach Morphodynamics in Australia 1970s-2010. Geographical Research, 50(2), 141-153. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2012). Coastal Processes and Beaches. Nature Education Knowledge, 3(10), 1-18.
  • Short, A., Farmer, B. (2012). Surfing reserves – Recognition for the world’s surfing breaks. Reef Journal, 2, 1-14.

2011

  • Harley, M., Turner, I., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2011). A reevaluation of coastal embayment rotation: The dominance of cross-shore versus alongshore sediment transport processes, Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach, southeast Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(4), F04033-pp16. [More Information]
  • Harley, M., Turner, I., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2011). Assessment and integration of conventional, RTK-GPS and image-derived beach survey methods for daily to decadal coastal monitoring. Coastal Engineering, 58(2), 194-205.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Austin, T., Harris, D., Hughes, M., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2011). Estuarine beach evolution in relation to a flood-tide delta. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 190-194.
  • Pereira, L., Vila-Concejo, A., Trindade, W., Short, A. (2011). Influence of high-energy conditions on beach changes in tide-dominated (Amazon, Brazil) and wave-dominated (NSW, Australia) coastal environments. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 115-119.
  • Short, A. (2011). Kimberley beach and barrier systems: An overview. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 94, 121-132.

2010

  • Vila-Concejo, A., Hughes, M., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2010). Estuarine shoreline processes in a dynamic low-energy system. Ocean Dynamics: theoretical, computational oceanography and monitoring, 60(2), 285-298. [More Information]
  • Harley, M., Turner, I., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2010). Interannual variability and controls of the Sydney wave climate. International Journal of Climatology, 30(9), 1322-1335. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2010). Role of geological inheritance in Australian beach morphodynamics. Coastal Engineering, 57(2), 92-97. [More Information]
  • Short, A. (2010). Sediment Transport around Australia-Sources, Mechanisms, Rates, and Barrier Forms. Journal of Coastal Research, 26(3), 395-402. [More Information]

2009

  • Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A., Hughes, M., Ranasinghe, R. (2009). Formation and evolution of a sandwave on an estuarine beach. Journal of Coastal Research, SI56, 153-157.
  • Austin, T., Short, A., Hughes, M., Vila-Concejo, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2009). Tidal Hydrodynamics of a Micro-tidal, Wave Dominated Flood-tide Delta: Port Stephens, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 693-697.

2008

  • Vila-Concejo, A., Hughes, M., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2008). Estuarine shoreline processes: a dynamic low energy system. PECS 2008: Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas, LIVERPOOL England UK: PECS2008.
  • Callaghan, D., Nielsen, P., Short, A., Ranasinghe, R. (2008). Statistical simulation of wave climate and extreme beach erosion. Coastal Engineering, 55(5), 375-390. [More Information]
  • Almar, R., Coco, G., Bryan, K., Huntley, D., Short, A., Senechal, N. (2008). Video observations of beach cusp morphodynamics. Marine Geology, 254(3-4), 216-223. [More Information]

2007

  • Farmer, B., Short, A. (2007). Australian National Surfing Reserves – rationale and process for recognising iconic surfing locations. Journal of Coastal Research, (SI 50), 99-103.
  • Short, A. (2007). Australian Rip Systems -Friend or Foe? Journal of Coastal Research, (Special Issue 50), 7-11.
  • Scott, T., Russell, P., Masselink, G., Wooler, A., Short, A. (2007). Beach Rescue Statistics and their Relation to Nearshore Morphology and Hazards: A Case Study for Southwest England. Journal of Coastal Research, (SI 50), 1-6.
  • Short, A. (2007). Beaches of the New South Wales coast : a guide to their nature, characteristics, surf and safety. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Lewis, D., Cooper, J., Pilkey, O., Short, A. (2007). Fetch-Limited Barrier Islands of Spencer Gulf, South Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, (SI 50), 912-916.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A., Hughes, M., Ranasinghe, R. (2007). Flood-tide delta morphodynamics and management implications, Port Stephens, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, SI50, 705-709.
  • Figueiredo, S., Cowell, P., Short, A. (2007). Intermittent backbeach discharge to the surfzone: modes and geomorphologic implications. Journal of Coastal Research, (50), 610-614.
  • Figueiredo, S., Cowell, P., Short, A. (2007). Intermittent discharge of backbarrier water to the surfzone: modes and geomorphologic implications. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 50, 610-614.
  • Vila-Concejo, A., Short, A., Hughes, M., Ranasinghe, R. (2007). Shoreline Implications of Flood-tide Delta morphodynamics. The case of Port Stephens(SE Australia). Coastal Sediments'07, Reston, VA, United States: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

2006

  • Short, A. (2006). Australian beach systems - Nature and distribution. Journal of Coastal Research, 22(1), 11-27.
  • Thom, B., Short, A. (2006). Australian Coastal Geomorphology, 1984-2004. Journal of Coastal Research, 22(1), 1-10.
  • Short, A. (2006). Beach hazards and risk assessment of beaches. In Joost J. L. M.Bierens (Eds.), Handbook on Drowning - Prevention, Rescue, Treatment, (pp. 151-156). Berlin: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2006). Beaches of the Northern Australian Coasts: The Kimberley, Northern Teritory and Cape York. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A. (2006). Beaches of the Tasmanian Coast and Islands. Sydney, Aus: Sydney University Press.

2005

  • Short, A. (2005). Beaches of the Western Australian Coast: Eucla to Roebuck Bay. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A. (2005). Carbonate Beaches. In Schwartz, ML (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, (pp. 218-221). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Short, A., Harley, B., Turner, I., Ranasinghe, R. (2005). Comparison of image-derived, RTK-GPS and conventional beach survey methods. Australian Coast and Port Engineering Conference, Barton, ACT: Institution of Engineers Australia.
  • Short, A. (2005). Sandy Coasts. In Schwartz, ML (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, (pp. 821-825). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2005). Wave Environments. In Schwartz, ML (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Short, A. (2005). Wind, waves and beaches. In Stewart, C and Hewitt R (Eds.), Waves of the Future: The lectures series of the 33rd Professor Harry Messel International Science School, (pp. 157-169). Sydney: Science Foundation for Physics.

2004

  • Short, A., Trembanis, A. (2004). Decadal Scale Patterns In Beach Oscillation And Rotation Narrabeen Beach, Australia - Time Series, Pca And Wavelet Analysis. Journal of Coastal Research, 20(2), 523-532.
  • Huang, H., Short, A., Zeng, T., Hanslow, D. (2004). Impact Of Brunswick River Mouth Training Walls On Adjacent Beaches, Brunswick Heads, New South Wales, Australia. China Ocean Engineering, 18(2), 207-220.
  • Ranasinghe, R., McLoughlin, R., Short, A., Symonds, G. (2004). The Southern Oscillation Index, Wave Climate, And Beach Rotation. Marine Geology, 204(3-4), 273-287.

2003

  • NIELSEN, A., Adamantidis, C., Short, A., Rollason, V. (2003). A numerical simulation of wave-generated surf zone currents. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, 1(1), 1-7.
  • Short, A. (2003). Australian beach systems - the morphodynamics of wave through tide-dominated beach-dune systems. Journal of Coastal Research, 19(Special Issue 35), 7-20.

2001

  • Short, A. (2001). Beaches of the South Australian Coast and Kangaroo Island. Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Short, A., Brander, R. (2001). Flow kinetics of Low-energy Rip Current Systems. Journal of Coastal Research, 17, 468-481.
  • Cowell, P., Short, A., Brander, R. (2001). Morphometric Approaches to Describing Rip Current Behaviour. Journal of Coastal Research, 34, 128-137.
  • Short, A. (2001). Physical Processes Affecting Beaches. In JH Steele, SA Thorpe, KK Turekian (Eds.), Enclyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, (pp. 245-256). London, UK: Academic Press Elsevier.

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